Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugs off police corruption claims

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Police investigating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have recommended to Israel's Attorney-General that he be charged with bribery in two cases.

"I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully", he added. No one, not I and no one else, plans to go to elections.

In another column in Maariv, Ben Caspit said that Netanyahu's ultimate fate, in the hands of political allies who could bolt his governing coalition, "will only become clear in the street, in the polls, in the critical mass in the hearts and minds of Israeli citizens who still believe that Israel deserves an honest prime minister".

The recommendations, which police made public on Tuesday night, were at the more serious end of the range of charges that had been expected to be leveled against Netanyahu in two criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year. "Regarding the moral aspect, the public will decide on voting day", Bennett said in a statement. Despite police recommendations, Netanyahu does not need to resign from his position.

Netanyahu has claimed to be a victim of an overaggressive police force and a media witch hunt that has also targeted his family.

The recommended charges relate to alleged bribery, fraud and breach of public trust.

"I am sure that the truth will come to light".

Milchan or New Regency Productions, a Hollywood movie studio he founded and chairs, have produced more than 100 films, including recent Oscar best picture winners "12 Years a Slave", "Birdman", and "The Revenant".

Ofer Shelah, a lawmaker with the opposition Yesh Atid party, says criticism of his party's leader Yair Lapid - a key witness in the case against Netanyahu - is "an attempt to divert the conversation from what happened".

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Hadad says Netanyahu "didn't receive bribes at all".

"Now that the police have completed their work, they should keep their distance, stop the leaks, and enable the process to continue to its resolution", said columnist Chaim Schein.

"A prime minister is not meant to be ideal or live an over-modest lifestyle, but he needs to be someone people look at and say: "This is how one should act", he said in a speech in Tel Aviv.

Milchan, a supporter of Netanyahu, wanted the Prime Minister's help in getting him a United States visa.

During similar circumstances a decade ago, Netanyahu, as opposition leader, urged then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign during a police investigation, saying a leader "sunk up to his neck in interrogations" could not govern properly.

In the second case, known as File 2000, Mr Netanyahu was reportedly recorded asking Arnon Mozes, publisher of the Yediot Ahronot daily, for positive coverage in exchange for promoting legislation that would weaken a free newspaper that had cut into Yediot's business.

"A police recommendation can help convince the prosecutors, simply due to the fact that the recommendation is based on the evidence in the case, and that's what the prosecutors will look at", he said.

"Tonight, Zionist Union backs the police investigators, the chief of police and all the law enforcement bodies who did not flinch from investigating a prime minister".